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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Aaron Hernandez Found Guilty of First Degree Murder

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Aaron Hernandez, 25, former tight end for the New England Patriots, was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder in the late-night shooting of a man in an industrial park near his home. 
Hernandez, appeared to shake his head slightly as the verdict was read. He was also convicted of gun charges in the June 2013 killing of the man, Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancée and who was shot six times.
The verdict carries an automatic sentence of life without parole barring unusual circumstances. The sentencing was expected to begin shortly.
The Associated Press reported that Hernandez's mother and fiancée cried and gasped when the decision was read in court. The jury, in Fall River, Massachusetts, had deliberated seven days.

At the time of his arrest, Hernandez had just been awarded a $40 million contract with the Patriots, one of the most celebrated organizations in sports. In February, he was on trial while they won the Super Bowl without him.
One of the prosecution witnesses was Robert Kraft, the owner of the Patriots. He testified that Hernandez had personally assured him that he was innocent.
Legal experts said all along that the case was mostly circumstantial, and that there was no clear motive. But surveillance video at Hernandez's home shortly before the shooting showed him holding what appeared to be a gun, and a joint near Lloyd's body had Hernandez and Lloyd's DNA on it.

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